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Palit GTX 560 Ti Sonic 1GB

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Posted February 17, 2011 by Jake in Video Cards

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by Jake
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Continuing the success of the GTX 580 and 570, this new card brings excellent performance to the mid-range performance graphics card market. We’re still perplexed by the "Ti" naming nomenclature, as we suspect this has to do more with peformance perception than reality.

And in terms of performance, we saw the Palit GTX 560 Ti soundly beat the Radeon 6870 in just about every facet, but more importantly trading blows with the 6950. There were a few game titles that preferred Nvidia cards overall, and the GTX 560 Ti Sonic laid the smackdown on the Radeon competition on occasion. As for overclocking, the Sonic does very well, about 24% higher than stock clocks on the core.

So, are there any downsides here? Just a couple. The fans emit a louder, high-pitched signature when running at faster RPMs so that might bother anyone who is sensitive to noise. And the temperatures aren’t much better than the stock heatsink, although this card is overclocked. Beyond that, the only other issue is actually has nothing to do with this card itself; AMD has recently launched a 1GB version of the Radeon 6950 to compete at a lower price, which will likely pit it squarely against the GTX 560 Ti. However, it remains to be seen what sort of performance compromises may result. We also know a Radeon 6950 can be flashed to become a 6970 so if you don’t mind the risk then that’s an option.

Despite the minor detractions, we remain impressed. With some outrageous styling, smaller size, strong factory overclock, and a great price, the Palit GTX 560 Ti Sonic 1GB is a very good graphics card.

Palit GTX 560 Ti Sonic

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